Upon reaching the entrance to the Garden, Jesus asked eight of the Apostles to remain there while He proceeded further into the darkness of the hillside garden with Peter, James, and John to pray. Matthew 26: 36-38 36¶Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called aGethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and bpray yonder. 37And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and abegan to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38Then saith he unto them, My soul is aexceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and bwatch with me.
How tall was the wall around Gethsemane? The wine and olive oil used in the temple was grown and harvested there so the Priests would have wanted to preserve the sanctity from wandering livestock and unauthorized wanderers. I chose to show a high wall with a narrow gate that very probably provided a very limited access. It was known, I am told, as a Miphkad (sp) gate, or place of gathering. So who was allowed entrance? Who gathered there, and for what purpose? Were there benches, or low walls for seating? How were they dressed? Later (John 18: 18) tells us it was cold that night. Did they have heavy woolen cloaks, blankets, to ward off the cold while waiting in the garden? It was dark as they left the upper room so I show the light as if from a full moon which always signaled the beginning of Passover.